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Frances McDormand Delivers but Sam Rockwell Is the Story in ‘Three Billboards’

Frances McDormand Delivers but Sam Rockwell Is the Story in ‘Three Billboards’
In terms of the awards season, all eyes will surely be on Frances McDormand in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival Monday. But while the actress delivers a more nuanced turn than the fire-breathing character you might expect from the film’s trailer, it’s Sam Rockwell who really punches through the ensemble with a dramatic arc and a reminder that the journeyman actor can be one of the best tools in a director’s arsenal.

Rockwell stars as hateful Missouri law officer Jason Dixon, clearly a few bricks shy of a load, a simpleton who is the product of his limited environment. But he’s by no means a caricature. Jason has deep admiration and love for Woody Harrelson’s noble Sheriff Bill Willoughby, under fire from McDormand’s scorned Mildred Hayes, who seeks justice for her raped and murdered daughter. He
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‘Megan Leavey’ Co-Writer Pamela Gray Signs With Gersh

‘Megan Leavey’ Co-Writer Pamela Gray Signs With Gersh
Exclusive: Screenwriter Pamela Gray has signed with Gersh for representation in all areas. The co-writer of Megan Leavey also just adapted Liane Moriarty's novel The Husband's Secret which is set to star Blake Lively for CBS Films. Gray is best known for writing films such as Conviction, Music Of The Heart, and A Walk On The Moon. She is also adapting A Walk On The Moon as a musical stage production that will premiere at the American Conservatory Theater in 2018. Ruth and…
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‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Review: Season 1 Loves Zelda Fitzgerald Too Much to Get Real

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There’s a problem with the first season of “Z: The Beginning of Everything” that is reminiscent of, of all the unexpected things in this world, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Please, give this a chance.)

Batman v. Superman” is a notable film for how, scene by scene, it is a movie that actively dislikes its characters — from little touches to big choices, its only source of joy seems to be found in tearing down beloved icons into unrecognizable shells of themselves.

“Z” does not have that problem. In fact, it has the opposite dilemma. The Amazon Prime series, created by Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich, is just a little bit too in love with its leading lady. And while “Bvsdoj’s” antipathy towards its leads sucked all the joy out of the picture, “Z’s” infatuation with Zelda Fitzgerald detracts from its depiction of one of literature’s most fascinating and complicated women.
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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots.
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Boston Loves "Manchester"

The Boston Film Critics Society formed in 1980 divvying up their first year of prizes largely between Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and Jonathan Demme's undeappreciated Melvin & Howard. (Both auteurs would reign again with the Bfcs via The Departed and Silence of the Lambs). While they don't often out on stylish limbs and aren't as invested in foreign films as they once did and were, when they return to either of those impulses it's often exciting. Our absolute favorite thing they occassional do is a weirdo but "why, yes, actually!" supporting performance pick like Toni Collette for The Hours, Juliette Lewis in Conviction or Ezra Miller in Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Here's what they chose as Best for 2016 along with several trivia notes...
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Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool Among Nominees For People’s Choice Awards 2017

Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool are among the movies nominated for the People’s Choice Awards 2017.

As two of the most successful releases of the year – and not just in terms of the lucrative superhero genre – confirmation that Civil War and Tim Miller’s R-rated romp are up for awards shouldn’t be all that surprising. They both feature in the ‘favorite movie’ category, and will be competing against Finding Dory, Suicide Squad and the barnstorming Zootopia in two months’ time. Voting is open from today, November 15, and you’ll be able to cast your vote right up until December 15. Expect the winners to be officially announced at the Microsoft Theater on January 18.

Nominations are spread across 64 individual categories, and you’ll notice that Captain America: Civil War and its leading stars crop up on more than one occasion. The People’s Choice Awards 2017 also recognizes the very best
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People's Choice Awards 2017: And the Nominees Are...

Nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2017 have been unveiled, with the likes of Pretty Little Liars, Outlander and Atlanta among them.

The 2017 People's Choice Awards will air Wednesday, January 18, on CBS.

Scroll down for the list of major nominees...

Favorite TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

Grey’s Anatomy

Outlander

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Network TV Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Black-ish

Jane the Virgin

Modern Family

New Girl

Favorite Comedic TV Actor

Andy Samberg

Anthony Anderson

Jim Parsons

Matthew Perry

Tim Allen

Favorite Comedic TV Actress

Anna Faris

Gina Rodriguez

Kaley Cuoco

Sofia Vergara

Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama

Chicago Fire

Empire

Grey’s Anatomy

How to Get Away With Murder

Quantico

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor

Jesse Williams

Justin Chambers

Scott Foley

Taylor Kinney

Terrence Howard

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

Ellen Pompeo

Kerry Washington

Priyanka Chopra

Taraji P. Henson

Viola Davis

Favorite Cable TV Comedy

Atlanta
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People's Choice Awards 2017: Atlanta, Grey's Anatomy Among TV Nominees

Welcome to the People’s Choice Awards, pretty much the only place you’ll see Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings and Uber A duking it out in the same category.

The Americans, Pretty Little Liars, Atlanta and Baby Daddy are among the varied nominations for the 2017 honors, which were announced Tuesday. This year’s honorees also include Outlander, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and The Big Bang Theory.

The ceremony will air Wednesday, Jan. 18. Check out the full list of TV nominees below:

Favorite TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

Grey’s Anatomy

Outlander

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Network
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Secrets and Lies Recap: Crappy Anniversary

Secrets and Lies Recap: Crappy Anniversary
Is it just me, or is Secrets and Lies‘ Detective Andrea Cornell in serious danger of becoming interesting?

RelatedPost Mortem: Notorious Boss Talks Sarah’s Killer Reveal, What’s Next for Jake and Julia

Set exactly two years after the death of Cornell’s former partner, Sunday’s episode peeled back an unexpected layer of Juliette Lewis’ stoic character, thanks largely to a troubling visit from her ex-husband Ethan. Within 30 seconds of his arrival at the precinct, Cornell was making a damn scene, screaming at him (“Stop shrinking me!”) in front of her co-workers.

Ethan also forced Cornell
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Fall TV First Impression: Speechless

Fall TV First Impression: Speechless
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

The Show | ABC’s Speechless (Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c, premiering Sept. 21)

The Competition | CBS’ Survivor, NBC’s Blindspot, Fox’s Lethal Weapon (new) and The CW’s Arrow

The Cast | Minnie Driver (The Riches), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Mason Cook (The Goldbergs), Micah Fowler (Labor Day
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Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’
Things have been pretty quiet lately for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. The actress hit a particularly bad streak of movies a few years back — “Amelia,” “Conviction,” “The Resident,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Mary and Martha” — which either didn’t connect with critics or audiences or both. And when she did find great material, like […]

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ABC's Designated Survivor Trailer Debuts — Plus: Watch Previews for Conviction, Notorious and More

ABC's Designated Survivor Trailer Debuts — Plus: Watch Previews for Conviction, Notorious and More
Along with announcing its fall 2016 schedule, ABC on Tuesday unveiled sneak peeks of its new shows, including Kiefer Sutherland’s Potus thriller Designated Survivor, legal drama Conviction and Minnie Driver comedy Speechless.

On the midseason front, trailers were also released for Shondaland’s Romeo and Juliet follow-up Still Star-Crossed, Jenna Elfman laugher Imaginary Mary and more.

Watch the trailers in their entirety below, preceded by the logline for each series:

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New

Designated Survivor (Wednesdays, 10/9c)

Centers on a lower level United States Cabinet member who is suddenly handed the presidency after a
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'Scandal' delay leaves ABC's fall schedule without all-Shonda Thursday

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'Scandal' delay leaves ABC's fall schedule without all-Shonda Thursday
Say goodbye to ABC's all-Shonda Thursday lineup — at least until midseason. Kerry Washington's pregnancy has delayed (and shortened) the next season of Scandal, which means the schedule ABC announced today will be the first in a few years featuring a show not produced by Shonda Rhimes airing on that night in the fall. In this case, it's Notorious with Piper Perabo, one of two new ABC legal dramas whose descriptions in the press release includes the word "sexy," just in case we weren't clear on the branding. On the whole, ABC's schedule has many more changes, and more new shows, than either the NBC schedule or Fox schedule announced earlier in upfront week. Among the shifts: with Castle done for, ABC will have a new post-Dancing with the Stars drama — Conviction with Hayley Atwell (the other "sexy" legal show) — for the first time in years; Agents of Shield
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ABC Orders Notorious Drama, Jenna Elfman's Imaginary Friend Sitcom

ABC Orders Notorious Drama, Jenna Elfman's Imaginary Friend Sitcom
ABC’s 2016-17 TV season will mark the return to TV for both onetime Covert Affairs agent Piper Perabo and three-time Emmy nominee Jenna Elfman.

RelatedABC Orders Conviction Drama to Series, Starring Hayley Atwell

The network on Thursday gave a series order to the drama Notorious, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. Promising a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media, the series stars Perabo as Julia George and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) as Jake Gregorian.
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Lady Filmmakers Festival Kicks Off Today With Script 2 Screen Program to Create Opportunities for Women In Film.

“Lady Filmmakers has been so important as a venue in Los Angeles for women filmmakers to present and screen their work, and one of the most amazing things they do is Script 2 Screen where they are actually fostering and championing talent by finding interesting writers, staging readings, and then producing short films. What other festival does this? It’s incredible.” - Producer Cecillia Peck

The 7th Annual Lady Filmmakers Festival begins today and will run throughout the weekend. Lady Filmmakers screens a record number of films directed and filmed by women! The festival boasts 4 feature films and 42 short films with several World, Us, West Coast, and La Premieres in Beverly Hills, CA. The festival kicks off with a “Havana Nights” Opening Party at the Crescent Hotel featuring Live Latin Music and Cuban inspired cuisine.

Lady Filmmakers is a festival that recognizes and celebrates the tremendous contribution of women to film and the importance in the collaborative spirit amongst men and women,” says Disalvo Viayra. One goal of the festival is to screen high quality, entertaining independent Us and international films to show people that they can enjoy Indie films just as much as the big blockbusters. The fest promotes artists and musicians, recognizes and empowers lady filmmakers, artists, and musicians from all ethnic, religious, and Lgbt communities.

Lady Filmmakers Honors Marion Rosenberg, OBE for her leadership and tremendous contributions to film. She served as Executive Producer on Columbia’s Hollow Man. She was the Executive Producer of Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Sam Mendes for Dreamworks. Marion co-founded BAFTA La, and was its Co-Chair from 1987 to 1995. Until 2008, she served as Chair of the UK Film Council Us Advisory Board.

Lady Filmmakers is more than just a film festival. Under the new 501(c)(3) IRS Tax Exempt Charity Status, The very first Script 2 Screen Film produced by Lady Filmmakers, The Bay Laurel, written by Jan Militello, directed by Lis & Brenda Fies, premieres Sunday October 25th at 8:00 pm at the Laemmle’s Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. “The Bay Laurel” stars Emmy winner David Lagos.

The S2S Program is an extension of the writing contest where award-winning scripts are workshopped and given a Staged Reading in front of a live audience. The script “Pyne”, written by Ingrid Abrams, is in pre-production slated to shoot in November directed by Cecilia Peck. The film stars Adrian Pasdar, Sandra Seacat and Ajarae Coleman. This is just one of the new programs launched to create opportunities for women and diversity in film & the arts!

Special industry speakers confirmed are Ivy Kagan Bierman (Entertainment Lawyer), Tara Kole (Entertainment Lawyer), Andrew Sugerman (Premonition, Conviction), Louise Levison (The Blair Witch Project), Hammad Zaidi (Lonely Seal Releasing), Gil Cates Jr (Life After Tomorrow, Lucky, Job), Pam Dixon, Csa (Zorro, City Slickers, Gosford Park), Kerry Barden, Csa (Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho).

This year's festival will screen films from Brazil, Norway, Spain, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Georgia, and Australia. Films will showcase up-and-coming as well as celebrity filmmakers and actors including Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Rita Wilson, Anna Paquin, Sharon Stone, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Glenn Close, James Brolin, and David Lynch.

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Edie Falco Joins War Veteran Biopic Megan Leavey

One of the very real, very obvious consequences of a film industry that marginalises women filmmakers is that the majority of stories we see onscreen are those of men. Scientists, artists, politicians, world leaders, inventors and outstanding heroes – film after film celebrating testosterone-based contributions to the world. That’s not to say that biopics of women don’t exist, of course – we have plenty about Cleopatra, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth, for example. We also now have Suffragette. Occasionally, there’s a Monster, or even a The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom – but rarely do we see stories celebrating real women achieving real, positive things in the modern world. This is why a film like Megan Leavey is so important, and why it is exciting to have multiple award-winner Edie Falco join the cast.

Megan Leavey is a woman’s story, told by women. As the
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'Fantastic Four' star Kate Mara to play war hero Megan Leavey

'Fantastic Four' star Kate Mara to play war hero Megan Leavey
Biopic to be directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the filmmaker behind damning SeaWorld documentary Blackfish.

Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) has signed on to star in Megan Leavey, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film about a real-life war hero and her military combat dog Rex who, together, saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.

Cowperthwaite will follow up to her universally acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which explored an incident surrounding the death of a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca in 2010.

She will direct from a script written by Pamela Gray (Conviction) with additional material by Annie Mumolo (Joy), Tim Lovestedt (Groundlings), and Jordan Roberts (Big Hero 6).

Producers are Mickey Liddell (The Grey), Jennifer Monroe (Disconnect) and Pete Shilaimon (Anthropoid) on behalf of Ld Entertainment.

UTA will be manage sales for North America.

The film is based on the true story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine
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‘House of Cards’ Star Kate Mara to Play Iraq War Hero Megan Leavey

‘House of Cards’ Star Kate Mara to Play Iraq War Hero Megan Leavey
London — “House of Cards” star Kate Mara, who can currently be seen as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four,” is set to topline in director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film about real-life hero Megan Leavey and her military combat dog Rex, who saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.

The movie, titled “Megan Leavey,” is Cowperthwaite’s follow up to her acclaimed documentary film “Blackfish,” which explored an incident surrounding the death of a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca in 2010. She will direct from a script written by Pamela Gray (“Conviction”), with additional material by Annie Mumolo (“Joy”), Tim Lovestedt (“Groundlings”) and Jordan Roberts (“Big Hero 6″). The film is produced by Mickey Liddell (“The Grey”), Jennifer Monroe (“Disconnect”) and Pete Shilaimon (“Anthropoid”) on behalf of Ld Entertainment. UTA will be managing sales for North America.

The movie is based on the true story of Leavey,
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Time Machine: Swank in Swanky Feathery Frilly Dress on the Red Carpet

Hilary Swank Oscar dress Hilary Swank on Oscars' Red Carpet Pictured above is Hilary Swank, wearing an Oscar dress consisting of (what looks like) tons of frills and feathers, on the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27. Swank wasn't nominated for anything, but she acted as a presenter of sorts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. How so? Well, she introduced last year's Best Director winner, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who then presented this year's Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has taken home two Best Actress Oscar statuettes. Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999). Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). These were her only two nominations as well. Both times she beat Annette Bening, who was in the running this year once again for her role as a lesbian wife and mother in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right,
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SAG Awards: Predictions in an Unpredictable Year

SAG Awards: Predictions in an Unpredictable Year
Sorry critics, but the SAG Awards are the first of the true precursor honors that indicate which way the Academy Awards may be leading. The nominees are voted on by 4,200 SAG members selected at random every year — 2,100 vote on film awards, 2,100 vote on TV awards. The full SAG-aftra voting body then selects the winners, who will be announced in a ceremony on Jan. 25, 2015. The nominees will be announced on Dec. 10 at an ungodly hour.

Last year, all four SAG award winners in film went on to score the Academy Award. (The fifth category, best ensemble, has no Oscar equivalent, though many erroneously associate it with best picture.) Still, there are always some anomalies in matching up the races every year — I still wonder if voters thought they were casting ballots for Melanie Laurent in “Inglourious Basterds” the year Diane Kruger got a nod.

And because the nominations are announced early,
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